Zambia skipper Christopher Katongo says Uganda’s eight-year unbeaten record at Kampala’s Namboole Stadium will be broken on October 13 when the teams clash in the decisive 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Zambia are carrying a 1-0 lead from the first leg staged last Saturday at Ndola’s Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
In an interview the Zambia Daily Mail, Katongo said his troops will leave nothing to chance in the return leg.
Uganda last lost at Namboole Stadium in October 2004 when they went down 1-0 to South Africa and since then they are a hard nut to crack on home soil.
“I know soccer fans are worried that we only scored one goal at home but my message to them is that we will beat Uganda at their home. We will try to get a goal or two.
“Uganda’s impressive home record will be broken. Records are meant to be broken,” said Katongo, who scored the solitary goal in Saturday’s match.
He said pressure is on Uganda to get two unanswered goals.
Katongo said all the Chipolopolo players know what is at stake and will put in 100 percent during the crucial encounter.
The Chinese side Henan Jienye midfielder said Zambia needs to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals and defend the title.
“Qualifying for the Africa Cup finals is a must. We want to defend the title. Zambia is Zambia,” he said.
Katongo called on the fans to rally behind the Chipolopolo.
“We will not let down the nation,” the 30-year-old skipper said.
The handful of Uganda fans who travelled from Kampala to watch Saturday’s match in Ndola were cheered by the 1-0 loss, believing their team is in good stead to sufficiently beat Zambia and qualify for the finals.
One of the fans, David Katenge, said “the result is good” and that they achieved it without four key players.
He reckons that with the team at full strength in the return leg, Uganda will beat Zambia.
Katenge, like many other Ugandans, is particularly counting on star striker Geoffrey Massa who plays for Egyptian side Itesalat.
Source The New Vision